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When Everything Feels Like the Movies

Raziel Reid

7 Reviews

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Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

Beautiful, screwed-up, queer - Jude is a young man determined to blow kisses to bigots and defy a lifetime of neglect through glamour. Jude will wear whatever he wants, sleep with whomever he likes and live his life like he's the star of the show. This is his brilliant, blazing story.

Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren't broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova.

My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.

School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn't fit any category.

All the girls watched me - I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless.

All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn't admit it.

They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.

I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine'sDay, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.

But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare.

This is my story.


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Praise for When Everything Feels Like the Movies

  • Raunchy, riotous, and real, this book is a total breath of fresh air. Hilarious and original, Jude is my new bae. A triumph. - Juno Dawson, author of Under My Skin and This Book Is Gay

  • Everyone is going to have an opinion on [this] ... An uncompromising and often uncomfortable read, but also very compulsive and funny. - the Bookseller, Ones to Watch

  • Brave and caustic . . . After winning Canada's Governor General's Award for children's literature, Reid's novel was the subject of a petition protesting its 'vulgar' content. Just another example of the ugly prejudice it so affectingly indicts. - Independent

  • An important novel, about what can happen when you inspire hatred because you don't fit into any supposed 'normal' category . . .. a raw and original book - Telegraph, Best YA of 2016

  • A young adult novel with bite - Grazia

  • Brave, powerful, and can hopefully go some way toward helping young readers understand gender and sexuality - Attitude

  • Brilliant ... It's sharp, uncannily accurate and dotted with touching moments that utterly wring you out ... Unnerving yes, but it also reveals just how talented Reid is at capturing so fully the pain of growing up and discovering who you are ... It'll be hard to forget in a hurry. - Belfast Telegraph

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Raziel Reid

Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies was featured on Canada Reads 2015 defended by Elaine Lui of Raziel's screen adaptation of the book has been optioned by Random Bench Productions. He currently lives in Vancouver where he teaches Creative Writing for Young Adults at the University of British Columbia, and is working on his next book.

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